I am quite aware that my blog and writing style are very different from others within my demographic: young stay-at-home moms. I am very impressed by the crafts, projects, and food sprinkled across the mommy blogosphere. So I thought just this once I would include a little kitchen tid-bit of my own to show off to the world. Aren't they beautiful? Don't they make you feel just a little less festive and capable? Isn't my craft better than your craft? Oh good, mission accomplished. In all seriousness, some blogs are just so stinking beautiful. The families and accomplishments are just about perfect enough to make me want to vomit--oh the insecurities of a blog-stalker. I made these little things this morning; it is a red velvet cake recipe, but I used green food-color. The mini cupcakes are perfect for Saint Patty's day--cream cheese frosting and sprinkles put the cherry on top. "Why would you make such a fatty treat when you are trying to lose weight?" Actually I have been making LOTS of treats lately. It is an interesting method to overcome sweet cravings, but works really well for me. You see, when I am immersed in the baking process, I am inundated by aromas and textures: butter, cocoa, cream, chocolate, sugar, eggs, all of the naughty things that make up great treats. When the baked goods pop out of the oven, I already feel satiated. BUT, I must give them away quickly because if I let them hang around, I will forget all about the cooking process and stuff them down my throat. Also knowing that someone else will eat them is satisfying, and I say, "Eat an extra one for me." It is quite a good trick: fatten everyone around me so eventually I am the skinny one. Moouuhhaa huaa haaa haaa haaa.